Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are
Fact Number #1. Stress is a certified killer. It’s like a hitman, hired by the devil himself. And it’s designed to twist your mind to unimaginable extents, break it apart bit by bit and pretty much send you on a one way ticket to the mental institute. Heck, if you’re not careful you’d probably end up like one, Hannibal The Cannibal.
Fact Number #2. I don’t care who you are or what your profession is. You’re definitely facing some form of stress in your life. And while a minimal level is actually deemed as healthy, it can easily go overboard. So, you need to learn how to manage the mental torture. Lucky for you I’m going to share a few stress reduction techniques with you in this article.
Don’t sign up for everything on the list
Here’s a harsh, in your face reality of life. If you start biting more than you can chew, people are going to take advantage of you. You may want to come across as the nice person. But remember this. You have physical limitations. And as you begin to realise that everyone in the world is dumping all their excess junk on you, the gung-ho spirit of yours will evolve into a holy-crap-what-am-I-doing kind of feeling.
And even if you’re smart enough not to climb mountains for your colleagues… Odds are, your boss has a tendency to arrow extra work to you. Sadly, these are things you can hardly avoid without taking a nasty blow on your reputation. Nobody wants to be known as the lazy one eh?
But there is a nifty little solution. Plan everything out. Take out a sheet of paper and make a little timetable of sorts. All you really have to do is delegate certain tasks to certain days. Set aside a specific number of hours to complete the assignments given to you. And of course, do your best to stick to your work plan as well.
A little iron pumping doesn’t hurt anyone
The keyword here is exercise. Exercise is a fantastic stress reduction technique. You direct a lot of negative energy towards something positive. You pretty much take out your frustrations on yourself. But instead of beating yourself senseless, pushing your boundaries via the healthy release of exercise actually does you a ton of good.
In a nutshell, you quickly transcend from a pissed off state to a healthier, happier you.
Take a leaf out of Buddha’s book
You don’t have to head to an oak tree and meditate for a hundred days straight. That is a tad unnecessary. But, the simple act of sitting down everyday for 15-20 minutes or so, and just meditating can do wonders. A common misconception people have is that the purpose of meditating it to bring oneself closer to God. I really don’t know who came up with that cooky story.
Here’s what meditation really does for you. You learn to regulate your breathing. Hence, you begin to regulate your heartbeat. This in turn regulates your blood flow. An optimal level of oxygen hence flows to your brain. This helps you clear your flooded head… And voila! You slowly begin to think more rationally than before. It’s a great long term stress reduction technique.
So here you go. 3 fantastic stress reduction techniques that actually work.
If you have any stress busters then please feel free to share.